March 16, 2018 - 4:03 am
Updated March 16, 2018 - 1:59 pm
A man was found dead on a North Las Vegas freeway on-ramp Friday morning after he was hit by a large semitruck and dragged nearly a half-mile.
The man was found about 2 a.m., when North Las Vegas police received a call reporting a body on the northbound Interstate 15 on-ramp at Lake Mead Boulevard, according to North Las Vegas police spokesman Aaron Patty. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Detectives determined he had been struck earlier in an Arco gas station parking lot at 2001 Las Vegas Blvd. North and dragged westbound on Lake Mead Boulevard to the I-15 before coming free on the on-ramp.
Police initially investigated the incident as a hit-and-run, but later found the truck and its 36-year-old driver near Craig Road and Lamb Boulevard, about 5 miles from the gas station.
As of Friday afternoon, police said the unidentified driver was not facing charges in connection with the accident. Patty said detectives determined alcohol and speed were not factors.
The path where the man was dragged on Lake Mead Boulevard between Las Vegas Boulevard to the I-15 was closed for several hours Friday morning while police investigated and worked to clean the crash site.
The Police Department is asking anyone who saw or heard anything in the area to contact North Las Vegas police at 702-633-9111 or Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555 to remain anonymous.
The man’s death marked the 10th fatal crash North Las Vegas police have investigated in 2018. He will be identified by the Clark County coroner’s office once his family has been notified.